Legendary Sluggers Of The All-Star Break

Legendary Sluggers Of The All-Star Break

Ever since 1985, the league’s top power hitters have come together every year to put on a show for fans during the All-Star break via the home run ball. The rules have changed over time, but the overall purpose of the derby is simple: given the same limits of outs or time, hit more home runs than everyone else.

From Darryl Strawberry to fan favorite Ken Griffey Jr., these legends have consistently put on great performances, showing baseball fans what true home run power looks like. Over the 20+ years that this competition has been televised, ratings have soared, and in 2008 it was named the year’s most highly rated basic cable program.

As this year’s All-Star break approaches, we’re marking the occasion with a list of our favorite throwback participants from the 1980s and 1990s. Feel free to comment below with any of your favorites from this era.

Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr.: Griffey Jr. participated in a total of eight derbies in his career and came away with three wins, the most of any player in league history. In 1998 and 1999, Griffey Jr. won back-to-back events with 19 and 16 home runs thanks to his smooth left-handed swing. You can also never forget the backward cap Griffey Jr. donned during his at-bats.

Bo Jackson gear

Bo Jackson: Although we will never really know what Jackson could have done if it wasn’t for his hip injury, we can assume that he would have been one of the best professional two-sport athletes of all time. Jackson participated in the 1989 derby in Anaheim, California and hit a total of 32 home runs that season for a total of 141 in his short lived career.

Darryl Strawberry gear

Darryl Strawberry: Throughout his 17-year-career, Strawberry was one of the most feared hitters because of his home run power. He participated in two derbies during his career as a Met, and was a significant factor in his teams’ win in 1986 when he led his team with 4 home runs (The derby had a total of 10 outs at this time, as compared to the modern day 30).

Cal Ripken Jr. gear

Cal Ripken Jr.: Ripken is known as one of the best shortstops, hitters, and personalities to ever be a part of the game, and was the face of the Baltimore Orioles for 20 seasons. The Hall Of Famer and 19-time All-Star, participated in three derbies during his career and, most notably, led his team to a win in 1991 with his 12 bombs.

Mike Piazza gear

Mike Piazza: As a Hall Of Famer Piazza was one of the best offensive catchers to play the game, and hit 427 home runs over his career with five teams. He made two derby appearances, had a career batting average of .308, played above average defensively, and paved the way for modern day offensive-focused catchers in the league.

When taking in the 2017 All-Star festivities, don’t miss the opportunity to rep your favorite retro player right with their batting practice jersey from Mitchell & Ness and the New Era MLB 59Fifty Home Run Derby Cap, available now at eastbay.com.

New Era Splatzinthat MLB 59FIFTY Cap

New Era Splatzinthat MLB 59FIFTY Cap

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The New Era 59FIFTY has become a huge part of pop culture of the last decade. New Era has worked with countless brands to create hats to accommodate any personal style necessities. Although they’ve been a partner with Major League Baseball for a number of years creating the on-field caps, sometimes they get the chance to be a little extra creative with the MLB teams and logos. The New Era Splatzinthat 59FIFTY fitted hat is a variation of the team colors, but in addition to the stitched-in logo on the front, has a splattered-paint look and an exaggerated team crest-like logo emblazoned across the front as well.

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Muhammad Ali 50th Anniversary New Era Hats

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In 1960, before he was known as Muhammad Ali, then eighteen year old Cassius Clay took home the Gold Medal in Light Heavyweight Boxing at the Rome Olympics. The rest of the Muhammad Ali story is one that has been filled with triumphs, not only of opponents, but of cultural adversity as well.

Now fifty years after his decorated and storied career began, the Muhammad Ali Enterprises has teamed up with New Era for a collection of fitted hats honoring The Champ. Not only his unforgettable quotes, but also images that most fans will never forget find their way onto the popular 59FIFTY model from New Era.

Look for these on Eastbay.com later this month.

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New Era Multi Fitted Cap Tee Shirt

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New Era has released some new t-shirts, these ones are actually inspired by, and feature the extensive colorways of the company’s 59FIFTY fitted hats.

Two versions are available, the Los Angeles Dodgers version and the New York Yankees version. Each feature multiple colorways of the team’s fitted hats in a glossy print. Other details include the team’s logo on the right sleeve and the New Era logo on the left sleeve.

Available now: New Era Multi Cap Tee Shirt

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New Era MLB Stars and Stripes Cap

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Each year for the last couple of years Major League Baseball has worked with official on field cap provider New Era to create mid season caps more fitting for the patriotic colors of the All Star Game. This year’s MLB All Star Game to be held in Anaheim, is still a little over a month away, but you may have noticed these caps on field yesterday as players will also be sporting the stars and stripes on a few other days this season, including Memorial Day, 4th of July, and on September 11th.

This year’s cap features a white base color with either a red or navy blue bill, depending on which team you choose. Inside of the team logo, as well as the MLB logo on the back of the cap, resides the stars and stripes of the US Flag. The 59FIFTY New Era features the same on field elements the pros require, such as the moisture-wicking sweat band known as Cool Base performance technology.

Available now: 2010 New Era MLB Stars and Stripes Cap

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